Limavady farmer fined for death of worker

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Limavady farmer John Thompson has been fined £2,500 for a health and safety breach that resulted in a fatal accident on his farm in March of this year.

The sentencing today at Londonderry Crown Court, comes after a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the accident where an employee fell approximately three metres while assisting Mr Thompson replace roof sheeting on a farm building.

The 56-year-old worker died on March 26, 2015 - the day after his fall.

Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s major investigation team said: “This accident was completely preventable and underlines why farmers must not ignore the potential dangers associated with working at heights.

“Farmers must never take shortcuts and should ensure that proper controls, such as scaffolding, should always be in place to prevent workers being injured. They should also consider using a professional roofing contractor when required.”

He said falls from height are one of the four main causes of accidents resulting in serious injuries and death on Northern Ireland’s farms.

“The dangers associated with working at height have been well publicised through the Farm Safety Partnership’s ongoing multi-media campaign - Stop and Think SAFE,” he added.

Please visit the HSENI website for more information about working at height, and other farming health and safety issues: www.hseni.gov.uk